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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Feb 2, 2010 6:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dharma Bums

It's great to listen to the Dead in conjunction to reading this book (and those of Kerouac), because of the influence Kesey had on the group and the hippies in general. Sometimes a Great Notion isn't a "hippie book" per se, at least not in any obvious way, but it conveys certain sentiments about nature and about human interactions that probably pervaded the social atmosphere back then.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Feb 2, 2010 9:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dharma Bums

My favorite aspect of Sometimes A Great Notion is the way Kesey would switch perspectives and jump into the first person view for a number of characters. There was also the narrator and also he would slip into what seemed to me, the muse of the rivers, mountains and forests of Oregon.

A beautifully written novel and one of my favorites for sure.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Feb 3, 2010 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dharma Bums

Very much out of Faulkner's Sound and the Fury--multiple interiors and a narrator who shows up to glue it together.


This is not to mention the lengthy sentences. Faulker could fill half a pae withone sentence. The feel is powerful, but sometimes it gets tedious.

This post was modified by ghostofpig on 2010-02-03 14:21:30